Press release posted 31 May 2024

68-year-old Peter Walker, who organised the Tour of Pembrokeshire cycling event for many years, was due to cycle from Land’s End to John O’Groats last year with his friend Nick Slevin to raise money for The Christie Charity in Manchester.

Unfortunately, a few weeks before the pair were due to set off, Nick’s wife Carrie was suddenly and unexpectedly diagnosed with advanced pancreatic cancer and has been receiving treatment at The Christie hospital.

Nick, who is now retired, was a professor and a head and neck specialist at The Christie hospital for more than 30 years and is a trustee at The Christie Charity.

Peter and Nick met at university in 1973 and have been firm friends ever since. They both lost their fathers to cancer more than 40 years ago in 1983.

Peter and Nick had raised over £10,000 before they had to cancel their cycling challenge due to Carrie’s diagnosis, and so instead of the bike ride together, Peter decided to go it alone and walk the Pembrokeshire Coast Path in recognition of the donations made and in the hope of raising further funds.

Peter will set off this Sunday (2 June 2024) from Amroth on an unsupported walk over the 186 miles to St Dogmaels and he will be joined from time to time by his wife Helen and their family and friends who will help to raise more money. 

A photo of Peter Walker, walking the Pembrokeshire Coast Path to raise money for The Christie Charity.

Originally from Birmingham, Peter has lived in Solva, Haverfordwest, Pembrokeshire since 1978. He plans to follow the Cicerone guide and will be camping at designated campsites or on land, where he has obtained the landowner’s permission.

Peter said: “I’m really looking forward to the walk and intend to enjoy every moment. I think it’s fabulous that I can carry out this challenge without having to leave Wales. I’ll be climbing over 10,000 metres (more than Mount Everest) in the knowledge that with fair weather, I’ll be rewarded by wonderful scenery, interesting wildlife and fascinating features and I’m really pleased to be able to support my friend and The Christie - not least because you never know when you might need them.”

Visitors to the JustGiving page will be able to track his progress and join him along the way. 

To support the work of The Christie Charity, please go to Donate today or ring 0161 446 3988.

The Christie Charity supports the work of The Christie NHS Foundation Trust providing enhanced services over and above what the NHS is able to fund. This includes money for care and treatment, research, education, and extra patient services. Gifts from the public make a huge difference to the care and treatment that The Christie is able to provide to patients and their families.

Last updated: May 2024